Still Life With Chickens

Still Life With Chickens

Starting Over in A House by the Sea

Large Print - 2006
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In this lovely, unconventional, often funny memoir, we meet Catherine Goldhammer, newly separated and several tax brackets poorer, forced by circumstance to move from the affluent New England suburb of her daughter's childhood into a new, more rustic life by the sea. Against all logic, partly to please her daughter and partly for reasons not clear to her at the time, she begins this year of transition by purchasing six baby chickens--whose job, she comes to suspect, is to pull her and her daughter forward, out of one life and into another. As she gradually transforms her new house, nine hundred feet from the sea--with its tawdry exterior but radiant soul--tile by tile, flower bed by flower bed; as she watches her precocious twelve-year-old daughter blossom into a stylish and sophisticated teenager; and as she tends to the needs of six enigmatic chickens, Catherine's life starts to slowly shift from chaos to grace. Beautifully written and ultimately inspiring. Still Life with Chickens is an unforgettable lesson in hope, in starting over, and in the transcendent wisdom that can often be found in the most unlikely of places.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2006.
ISBN: 9780786290208
078629020X
Branch Call Number: LP B Gold
Characteristics: p. cm.

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I_heart_reading
Jul 03, 2017

A sweet, quick little read about the fear of change and challenges of life... With chickens!

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ownedbydoxies
Jan 25, 2012

A sweet and funny and meditative look at a marriage ending amicably, a daughter growing into a young woman, a father dying, a mother living her own life well, and the demands and challenges and love that a broken-down little house by the sea demands of the woman who wrote this book.

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